Each year the landscape charity, Burrenbeo Trust, organises the Burren Winterage School as an opportunity for farmers, scientists, policy makers, and advisors to come together and discuss high nature value farming. It forms part of a broader festival of events to celebrate and support pastoral farming and its importance to our rural communities and heritage. This event is usually held a different village in the Burren each year on the October bank holiday weekend, however this year it is virtual. A Farming For Nature workshop day and the Ambassador Awards form part of this event. More up to date information on 2020’s programme and how to book is available on www.burrenwinterage.com
Meanwhile below is the draft programme to date below….
Burren Winterage School Programme
Wednesday 21st October
EIP-AGRI Symposium – Sharing lessons learned and how these might help to inform Ireland’s CAP Strategic plan
This Webinar will hear from a number of ‘European Innovation Partnerships’ across Ireland which are at the cutting edge of innovative, partnership-based approaches to addressing specific environmental challenges. Discussions will focus on how lessons learned from these projects can help to inform the design and delivery of Ireland’s CAP strategic plan, currently under development, so that it can more effectively address our growing environmental challenges.Further info on the Burren Winterage School page.
A Shepherd’s Life A talk with farmer and bestselling author James Rebanks.
James Rebanks, author of ‘A Shepherd’s Life’ will talk about his farming life and read from his books. Followed by an open Q&A session with the author.
Thursday 22nd October
Webinar – Rewarding Farmers for the delivery of Ecosystem Services
This Webinar, organised in conjunction with www.rbpnetwork.eu will look at different approaches across the world to incentivise farmers to improve their environmental performance. Discussions will look at the emergence and impact of such approaches, their advantages and limitations, and what contribution they may make to future policy in the EU and beyond.
The Calf and the Cuckoo Children’s book reading by Shane Casey,
Book Launch of a new Children’s Winterage book and a Family Farming Quiz
6:30 – 7:30pm, online
The Good Farmer A talk with agricultural researcher and author, Rob Burton,
Rob Burton, one of the authors of ‘The Good Farmer: Culture and Identity in Food and Agriculture’ will share some of the fascinating insights from his work. Followed by an open Q&A session.
8-9.30 pm, online
Friday 23rd October
Webinar – Farmers as first responders to our Climate and Biodiversity crises
This Webinar will explore ways in which farmers across the world are contributing innovatively to addressing our climate and biodiversity crises and shaping a new future for their industry and their communities. The session will also explore capacity issues – education, research, knowledge transfer etc – in scaling ‘farming for nature’ solutions to meet global challenges.
Burren Tails An Art workshop on the theme of Burren Animals with Gordon D’Arcy,
Food and Sustainability A talk with farmer and campaigner, Patrick Holden
Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK, www.sustainablefoodtrust.org will share some of his thoughts as a farmer and campaigner (tbc).
8-9.30 pm, online
Saturday 24th October
Farming for Nature Walks in the Burren: Morning & Afternoon
Explore the Burren that is not usually open to the public with Farm walks hosted by six Burren farmers who will share their insights and knowledge into farming in the Burren and the importance of winterage. The walks are a fundraiser for the Trust and tickets cost €10 for Burrenbeo Members and €20 for Non-members. Morning walks will start at 10am and afternoon walks will start at 2pm. Places are limited in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines.
Book your place on our Ticket Tailor page
The Annual Farming for Nature Ambassadors Awards
Short films, panel discussion and award announcements. The Annual Farming for Nature Ambassador Awards is a celebration of the inspiring work being done on a daily basis by farmers across Ireland to support nature on their land. The session will include a short film and panel discussion featuring several of these Ambassadors as well as the announcement of the winner of a public vote to select their favourite farming for nature Ambassador.
Sunday 25th October
The Burren Winterage Cattle Drive
Registration details coming soon
Hosted by the Casey Family, Fanore, and broadcast virtually.
What others think about the Farming For Nature Workshop day
It is great to be able to meet all these people who think the same way as we do. Very often, as a farmer, you work in isolation, especially if you do something a bit different from the “norm”. It gives a great boost to know there are a lot more farmers who do the same thing in their own corner and to feel supported in your ideas.
(McCall Family, Farming For Nature Ambassador 2018)
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